News & Lessons For Miss Lorraine's Class
Issue September 8 – October 15, 2021
Welcome new parents, students and also returning Alcott families! We are looking forward to a great school year. The children have been acclimating to their new classroom and bonding with their classmates and teachers. The weather has been very pleasant and we continue to spend a good amount of time outside learning about nature and getting in our daily exercise. We have three playgrounds that we visit daily. The children have also started working on their self-portraits, these will be posted for parents to see on our website in the classroom corner. There you will have a variety of different photos showing your child engaging in many hands on lessons and enjoying their social interactions with classmates and staff. We encourage you to go on the website and look on with your child and talk about weekly events and lessons. We have been reading many books about Fall and season changes. In the coming months we will be working on fun projects including many of the themes of the month. Fall is here so we will be exploring what changes we see in our environment and we will be collecting leaves and acorns to incorporate into our art and nature lessons.
A reminder that we will be having Back to School Night on Thursday, Oct 7th via zoom. You will receive an email in the coming week with more details. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and discussing the Montessori philosophy and what changes we have made in our classroom environment to better serve your children.
Another friendly reminder that school will be closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day.
Thank you for sharing your children with us.
Ms. Lorraine and Ms. Patti
Our theme is: Autumn
Leave rubbing (crayons, leaves) and Self Portraits using tempera paints
Collage making, apple printing and stamping
Map of North America
Creating small maps with traceable paper and colored pencils
Hispanic Heritage month Sept 15 – October 15
Latin culture (cuisine, music and traditions)
The language materials are designed primarily to teach children the intricacies of written and spoken language. A firm grasp of writing and speaking will allow students to progress with their learning. Students use language materials to explore letters, sounds, handwriting, and eventually spelling and writing.
Metal insets are used to build dexterity needed to write letters
Sand paper letters A-H in conjunction with matching small objects
Metal insets used to get children ready to write letters
Movable alphabet are used to build on the themes of the sandpaper letters and sound boxes
Bob books are used for beginner readers.
Montessori math materials help children approach math with hands on, physical learning aids
Spindle boxes – counting numbers from 1-10
1-9 color and teen bead stair, counters 1-10,1 -100 counting board
Your child will be learning to independently follow a complex motor sequence, in order to fulfill
his or her own desires and needs. These skills allow children to develop self-discipline.
Fine motor exercises include:
Wet and dry pouring, tweezing, eye dropper lesson
Beading, pushing in a chair, buttoning, zippering, snapping, open and closing containers
Sink or float experiment, parts of a tree, parts of an apple and leaf sorting,
These materials will help your child develop their five senses. Use of these materials constitutes the next level of difficulty after those in the practical life area.
Pink tower, brown stairs, red rods, binomial cube, knobbed cylinders, knobless cylinders
9:00 am Arrival
9:20 - 9:50 Gross motor (back playground)
9:50- 10:00 Bathroom /Snack time
10:00 -11:00 1st Work cycle /Circle time
11:00 -11:30 2nd Gross motor time (Bike area )
11:30 - 12:00 Bathroom / wash hands
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 1:45 Bathroom/ Nap time
1:45 - 2:00 Snack
2:00- 2:50 2nd Work Cycle
3:00 - 3:30 3rd Gross motor (front playground )
Note: gross motor activities on rainy days and specials will change schedule slightly
Mondays - Spanish TBA
Fridays - Music 10:30am